Questions? Contact Resource and Healing AdvocateHoward Ruan, at

Resource & Healing Advocacy Support

YEPP continually supports its participants with necessary resources pertaining to housing, employment, education, clothing, physical health, medical services, legal services, obtaining vital records, and other basic needs. We also work with youth participants to strategize and provide healing-based resources to support their mental and spiritual health. We aim to address the many and various needs of youth experiencing homelessness as much as we are able.

Resource Packet - Focused for Black and Brown LGBTQI+ Chicago Youth 

This Resource Packet has been curated with special focus to support Trans and Gender Non Conforming Black and Brown youth experiencing homelessness in Chicago.  We update this packet on a monthly basis to make sure the resources listed are as accurate and updated as possible.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email YEPP’s Resource and Healing Advocate Howard Ruan at

Chicago Youth Mutual Aid (CYMA)

The Chicago Youth Mutual Aid, best known as CYMA, is an effort born from the collaboration of five Black and Brown grassroots led organizations in Chicago serving youth and their families: Assata's DaughtersChicago Freedom SchoolCircles & CyphersStreet Youth Rise Up and Youth Empowerment Performance Project.  Even though this effort was created as a response to COVID-19, these organizations are invested in continuing this project in the long-term.

If you are a community member that would like to support CYMA efforts, here are two ways you can contribute:

                       1) Supporting with Donations: click here for the List of Needs. 

                       2) Becoming a CYMA Volunteer: please email CYMA Co-Coordinator Pat Frazier at